US States with Oil and Gas Emissions Rules Cover More Production than ECCC Rules

Publication - March 1, 2017
March 2017 backgrounder on methane regulation coverage prepared for Greenpeace Canada by experts at Environmental Defence Fund.

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) is in the process of developing its first-ever national rule to limit methane emissions from oil and gas facilities as part of Canada’s commitment to reduce methane emissions by 45%. The United States, both at the federal and state level, already has in place controls that limit methane, as well as other hydrocarbon emissions, from oil and gas facilities, and leading states are in the process of further expanding and strengthening requirements.

We undertook an analysis to compare the amount of onshore oil and gas production in U.S. states subject to current or proposed hydrocarbon (methane and volatile organic compound) emission control requirements to the amount of onshore and offshore oil and gas production in Canada. The states we looked at are described in more detail in the Annex but are California, Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, and Utah. We also compared the amount of U.S. production subject to current or proposed hydrocarbon emission control requirements to the amount of production that will be covered by the ECCC rules. 

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